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I'm so happy with the reviews of my memoir "Leaving Story Avenue, my journey from the projects to the front page." Here are just a few:

The NY Times: "A captivating and vivid memoir..."

Ken Auletta of The New Yorker magazine: "A poignant and funny memoir...."

The Newark Star Ledger: "Paul LaRosa nails the twilight era of American newspapers with the aplomb of the award-winning journalist he became."

Tom Robbins, investigative journalist: "LaRosa has a great ear, a great eye and a great sense of self-effacing humor...a marvelous tale of a fast-disappearing part of New York."

Of the 17 reader reviews on Amazon, 16 of them are 5-star and the other is a 4-star review.

Thanks everyone.


taxiThe other day in the virtual land of Facebook (where some live full-time), I noticed a posting by Leon Collins, a friend and former colleague. Now a resident of Connecticut, here’s what Leon wrote about a recent experience while visiting the Big Apple:

Some things never change.

Today my younger daughter learned how NYC cabs are in no rush to pick up black men, especially on avenues pointed to...

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Brooklyn Darkchild Sorry I'm so late with this but thanks for the add!
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This Ain't No Hearts and Flowers Love Story Pt1

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Steve Huff Thanks, Paul! Good reading selections, all.

Catherine Hi Paul. Nice to meet you! :-)

Margaret Hi! Just stopping by to say hello and to thank you for adding me to your friend list.

message 8: by Heidi

Heidi Hi, Paul, thanks for the add! I have to confess that I don't read true crime myself, but my mother does, & then I get to hear all the gory details. I know she's read a couple of yours & we've both enjoyed them. :-)


Maggie Paul

Thank you for the add. I glanced through your bookshelves and what a great reading collection. The books that you've written also look fantastic. I have to admit...true crime for me is a tough, but often well worth the effort, read.


Rosemary Hi, Paul. Thanks for the invitation. Your books look great. Happy writing!

Jeremy I want to apologize for the all the recommendations from me today. I wanted to share the Stoker Award news, and I only pressed the send button once--I'm not sure what happened to create so many messages. Some weird glitch.

Argh...this is terrible...

Again, I'm very sorry.


Jeremy Here’s wishing you a nifty New Year filled with noiseless noses, neato nicknames, noble Nebraskans, gnarly narcoleptic nebulas, and novel novels about nut-eating narwhals and novercaphobic gnats.

-Jeremy :)

P.S.—I’m currently offering autographed/personally-inscribed copies of my novel, Vacation, with free shipping for those in the US. If there’s anything you could do to help me spread the word about this, I’d really appreciate it. Feel free to click here for details:

Jeremy Hi Paul!

Here’s wishing you a yippee-filled Yuletime overflowing with yard-long yams, yapping yoyo-yanking yetis, yak-milk yeast-cakes, and yellow yarn-yielding year-end yard-gnomes.

-Jeremy :)

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Amy Mawdsley So when you have a chance I would love to know why you started writing true crime.
I find it fascinating from beginning to end. I am trying to branch out as a reader but I always crave crime.

I know you said you are working on a story so hit me up when work slows down.

:) Amy

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Kim Hello I am Kim, very nice to meet you.

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